In­dia and Is­rael in “strate­gic al­liance”

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In­dia and Is­rael have el­e­vated their ties to the “strate­gic part­ner­ship” level with the aim to do “much more to­gether” to com­bat grow­ing rad­i­cal­i­sa­tion and ter­ror­ism and have pitched for “strong mea­sures” against those fi­nanc­ing and pro­vid­ing sanc­tu­ar­ies to ter­ror groups. The issue of ter­ror and “strate­gic threats” along with var­i­ous other top­ics like co­op­er­a­tion in de­fence and se­cu­rity, wa­ter, agriculture, space fig­ured promi­nently in the talks between Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi and his Is­raeli coun­ter­part Ben­jamin Ne­tanyahu (pic­tured meet­ing on the for­mer’s ar­rival at Tel Aviv).

Fol­low­ing the wide-rang­ing talks, the two sides signed seven pacts cov­er­ing ar­eas in­clud­ing in­no­va­tion, wa­ter con­ser­va­tion, agriculture and space. In­dia and Is­rael also agreed to set up a $40 mil­lion fund for in­dus­trial Re­search and De­vel­op­ment, and an in­no­va­tion fund, with both coun­tries con­tribut­ing $20 mil­lion each.

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